Q: We are adopting my niece do we have to have a lawyer or can we go in front of a judge without a lawyer
A: For the sake of your niece, use a lawyer. Neither you nor she wants to be confronted with a claim the adoption wasn't done properly 3, 5 or 10 years from now, so she must be surrendered by you to be raised by someone else. Every detail must be done right. I repeat, every detail. Hire a lawyer with experience doing adoptions.
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